Teaching at Q.E.D.
So you'd like to teach a class? You're interested in sharing some of your talent and knowledge? Chances are, if you're excited to teach it, someone wants to learn it!
Classes are usually 1 to 3 hours each and lasting only one session. Of course, exceptions always apply. Actually there are a lot of exceptions, but short and sweet and affordable is great for everyone. Teaching experience is a huge bonus, or at the very least, experience talking in front of a group. Let us know your background when you email us at QEDAstoria@Gmail.com.
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PITCH
In order to be considered, please include the following:
- Resume or a short paragraph describing your expertise / experience.
- Web link(s) to your work / personal website, etc.
- Indicate if this is a one-off class or over the course of a few weeks. If the latter, how many weeks?
- How many hours is the class?
- If applicable, please include a proposed curriculum / syllabus.
- If materials are involved, please advise the cost per student.
WILL I GET PAID?
As working actors & writers, it's important to us that teachers & producers get paid for their time. "Exposure" doesn't pay the rent. We hope to keep classes affordable, varied and accessible while respecting everyone's time and experience.
Teachers receive a "door split" based on the length and cost of the class and number of sales. Teachers are guaranteed at least $20 for their time unless the class is canceled. If there are materials purchased for students, teachers are either reimbursed or QED purchases them directly. Other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis.
Again, there are always exceptions and we want to accommodate everyone the best we can. Email us and let us know what you've got in mind!
WHAT IF I'VE NEVER TAUGHT BEFORE?
We really would like teachers with experience teaching their subject or, at the very least, who have experience speaking in front of people. That said, if you've never taught a class before, we can have you a volunteer your first time and keep the class very affordable or even free depending on the class. Email us and let us know what you've got in mind!
CAN I SELL AND PROMOTE MY STUFF OR SERVICES?
Yes, please do! We hope this will be one of the biggest benefits to teaching at Q.E.D. You'll gain some fans or followers, score some gigs and sell some merch. If you sell your own merch, that's great. Keep all the proceeds. If you need Q.E.D. to manage the sales, there is a 25% fee taken from the sales to cover our service charges.
Q.E.D. will also have a small retail space where we can sell your books or goods on consignment.
WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE IT TO TEACH MY CLASS?
Due to our small staff, limited budget and no cancellation policy for students, it is extremely important that you make it to the class you're scheduled to teach. Teachers who cancel --especially without seven days or more notice-- are unlikely to be asked back to teach.
CLASSES WE'RE MOST INTERESTED IN:
We love learning about a myriad of topics. We're most interested in things pertaining to arts & crafts, DIY projects, history, food, the performing arts, writing and Queens.
We also love classes relevant to current events like pumpkin carving for Halloween, Shakespeare's Sonnets before Valentine's Day, Civil Rights Movement during Black History Month, Greek Mythology during Greek Heritage Month and…well…you get the picture.
Here's a list of stuff that's on our wish list now, but don't give up simply because you don't see your class idea listed. We're open to all sorts of stuff. However, we are generally not interested in any health & wellness classes.
Okay, here's our list:
Arts & Crafts of every type
History of Queens (or any of its neighborhoods, especially Astoria & LIC!)
T-shirt upcylcling (make my boxy Van Halen concert tee cute, please!)
Game tutorials (Texas Hold 'Em, D&D, Carcassonne, etc.)
Star Gazing for Dummies (like us!)
Felt Soap Making
Ukrainian Easter Egg Design